Cyril Ramaphosa can fix South Africa’s plague of corruption, but he must act swiftly

With a 2019 national election already looming on the horizon, South Africa’s new leader needs to act fast to rebuild the credibility of the national liberation movement.

Cyril Ramaphosa must demonstrate to the electorate that he is fighting corruption. He must also maintain the unity of a party, some of whose members have greatly benefited from graft and patronage.

In his first speech as the new President of South Africa, Ramaphosa promised to tackle the corruption that became emblematic of the leadership of his predecessor Jacob Zuma.

The need to address the issue is clear. Corruption and ‘state capture’ – a term used to describe the alleged influence that the wealthy Gupta family had over the…

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